Uphopho, Diabuah square up in new play Maybe Tomorrow
WHEN two long lost friends who had fought side by side during the civil war suddenly reunite, a police interrogation room is surely not the best of venues for such an encounter, especially when one is the suspect and the other is the chief interrogating officer. Find out about how this unusual interrogation goes in Maybe Tomorrow, full of suspense, highly paced drama that speaks about the past, present and… It’s written by Soji Cole and directed by Ibukun Fasunhan.
After successfully working together in Saro 2, the biggest musical last Christmas, as director and actor, the duo of Kenneth Uphopho (Saro 2 director) and Patrick Diabuah (a lead actor in Saro 2), will on January 18 and 25, square up against each other in a new play, Maybe Torommow, which will be produced and directed also by Saro 2’s stage manager, Mr. Ibukun Fasunhan.
The play is produced by Eclectique Theatre, a production outfit aimed at creative approaches to stagecraft. It will be performed at Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Time is 3pm and 6pm respectively. It also features two of the best stage actors in Nigeria – Kenneth Uphopho (Director of Saro the Musical 2) and Patrick Diabuah (Laitan of Saro the Musical 2). The play centres around two characters Kenule Ododo (Patrick Diabuah) and Adolphus Wariboko (Kenneth Uphopho), but also features Samuel Animashaun and Ossai Franklin as policemen.
According to the producer, Fasunhan, “Being a ‘silent’ activist, Maybe Tomorrow is a play that I have always admired since the playwright gave it to me to read four years ago. And, since I have no power to fight, I draw my sword in the theatre with Maybe Tomorrow, hoping it is sharp enough to effect a change in the society. I was inspired to choose this play, based on several unrest facing the country and the fact that stage producers in the past have filled the stage with comic plays, instead of addressing some basic issues in society. As such, being the first play I would be producing, I see it as a matter of necessity to contribute my quota to addressing these issues by staging Maybe Tomorrow, which will leave the audience wearing their thinking caps.
“The play highlights the issues currently facing the Nigerian society, and how best to resolve them. It takes the audience through several satirical and comic moods with creative directing and acting styles, which vitalizes theatrical experience. The play also discusses various issues facing the Niger Delta, and the issue of complacency on the part of the Niger deltan youths, and exploitation of the masses. The play is apt for this period due to leadership issues it highlights”.